Cannonball Read IV

A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

taralovesbooks’ #CBR4 Review #29: The Cellar by Richard Laymon


Cannonball Read IV: Book #29/52
Published: 1980
Pages: 309
Genre: Horror

I’d heard good things about this book. So much so, that it seems to almost be a “classic” in the horror novel genre. Richard Laymon is pretty well known as a horror novelist as well, so I figured this would be a good place to start with my first Laymon book. I can now safely say that I probably will not be reading anymore Laymon books.

This book was awful. Between the unlikeable characters and the unnecessary, stomach-churning depictions of child rape, I just couldn’t believe how many people recommended this book. I was expecting a scary creature in the cellar type book. Well, there was a creature in the cellar (or sometimes in the attic, or the bedrooms, so I’m not quite sure why it wasn’t just called “The House” or something). I’m still not quite sure what the heck this “creature” was. Was he an alien? A mutant human? Half animal? Science experiment gone wrong? I have no clue. It would have been nice to have some sort of background on this thing.


Read the rest of my review in my blog.


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